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Old 05 January 2014, 05:18 PM
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Comment: This rumor has been spreading like WILDFIRE across Nebraska!

Hasbro was designing a new line of dolls. "The Lion Tails" as they were
called, for each of them had a cute long tail, could be thrown at other
children and caught. They spun wildly around in the air, their soft parts
surprising (but not hurting) the target. When Hasbro had several million
of each, they were ready to release them. There was a tiger, dog, monkey,
unicorn, frog, and rabbit. Just as the last Lion Tail was leaving the
factory, an executive got an idea and rushed down to the designing office.
"How about we make a pterodactyl. My son loves dinosaurs!" The designers
thought it was a great idea. But with only a few days until the toys
shipped out everywhere and a day to make the commercial, they had to
hurry. So they quickly designed a pterodactyl and made a million or so
with the factories on high-speed.

The commercial was ready to be filmed. The children began to play with
their Lion Tails, throwing them, spinning them, cuddling them, and holding
them.

A pterodactyl went flying through the air and the sharp, hard beak bashed
into the back of a child's skull. The child began thrashing and blood was
everywhere. Brains spilled onto the sidewalk set in a mess of red and
chunky strands. The cameraman did nothing but keep filming.
The executives panicked, shelved The Lion Tails project, and destroyed
every copy of the commercial's footage. If this got out to the media,
Hasbro would be done.

Can you tell me if this has any factual basis and if a 'The Lion Tails'
project ever existed with Hasbro? It's a pretty disturbing rumour but I
want to know if it happened.
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Old 05 January 2014, 05:57 PM
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If they were designed to be soft, why would it have a hard beak? And why use a pterodactyl, which has almost no tail?
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Old 05 January 2014, 06:14 PM
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If it was sharp enough and hard enough to pierce the kid's skull when thrown like that, it would be sharp enough to be a hazard no matter how it was used.

What did they use for the beak, for pete's sake, a hatchet?
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Old 05 January 2014, 06:22 PM
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The writing reminds me a bit of those Facebook forwards written by teenagers, or perhaps preteens, about teens who die after being rejected, or after being abused and not believed, etc. High melodrama and low ring of truth.
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Old 05 January 2014, 06:46 PM
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If they were designed to be soft, why would it have a hard beak? And why use a pterodactyl, which has almost no tail?
Neither do rabbits or frogs. The whole story is bizarre.
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Old 05 January 2014, 06:59 PM
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It sounds like a 12 yr old's version of the 'Lawn Darts' thing.

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Old 05 January 2014, 07:45 PM
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My B.S. meter in the red before reading half of the first paragraph, and broke shortly after that. Enough about why it sounds so untrue is said above and I agree with all of it.

Though I might add and having no sources and no evidence sure does a lot to make this believable. Heck, it was so well covered up that I can find nothing on the internet after a couple quick searches.
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Old 05 January 2014, 09:57 PM
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Lion tails sounds a lot like "lying tales" to me.
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Old 06 January 2014, 02:18 PM
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Wow, I really thought they were going to say a Lion Tail wrapped around a kid's neck and strangled hir. I did not see the whole brain bashing thing coming. Talk about a twist ending! And yes, I thought the whole tale might have been inspired by the lawn dart story, too.
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Old 06 January 2014, 02:34 PM
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The big difference with the lawn darts stories, which I have never seen confirmed, is that the lawn darts were built to have the points lead the way when thrown, and they were deliberately made to be heavy so they would drop heavily into the soil - or whatever got into the way. Even if the pterodactyl Lion's Tail product was made with a sharp beak, it would not be as heavy and dense as steel, not be as sharp as the Lawn Darts were (my family still has our set - the tips were rounded, but about as slender as a toddler's finger). and not be designed to lead with the beak straight-on.
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Old 06 January 2014, 02:58 PM
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[derp]But the pterodactyl was designed to fly on it's own, when released from the hand... it had a mini engine, the type you find on toy rockets, with a pressure igniter system that fired up as soon as it senses no more pressure, like a grenade.

That's why it bashed in the kid's skull, it was designed like some rocket powered lawn dart!!1![/derp]

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Old 06 January 2014, 03:14 PM
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This person seems to have no idea how toy manufacturing, commercials, children or skulls work.
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Old 06 January 2014, 03:31 PM
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The big difference with the lawn darts stories, which I have never seen confirmed
Eh? The fact that people have been killed and irrecoverably injured by lawn darts is well documented.
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Old 06 January 2014, 03:39 PM
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Eh? The fact that people have been killed and irrecoverably injured by lawn darts is well documented.
Okay. I said I had never seen it confirmed, and I hadn't.
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Old 06 January 2014, 03:45 PM
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It's tough to see something when you don't even look at it.
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Old 07 January 2014, 08:29 PM
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Lion tails sounds a lot like "lying tales" to me.
At first I thought you were just making a bad pun, but that's actually a good point. Maybe the originator of the story came up with it as a joke, expecting people to kick themselves when they realize it's a fabrication and that the "punchline" was right under their noses the whole time.

Sort of like telling someone the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.
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Old 07 January 2014, 09:59 PM
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At first I thought you were just making a bad pun, but that's actually a good point. Maybe the originator of the story came up with it as a joke, expecting people to kick themselves when they realize it's a fabrication and that the "punchline" was right under their noses the whole time.

Sort of like telling someone the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.
I hope it was intended to be a pun on "lying tales". Otherwise, I'd be wondering why a line of throwable toys called "Lion Tails" included "a tiger, dog, monkey, unicorn, frog, and rabbit...[and] a pterodactyl" but no lion. As far as I know, lions are not associated with things flying through the air, nor are they known for their tails*, so there's really no (in-story) reason for them to be mentioned in the name of the toys. Unless it's just to illustrate yet another way in which the alleged toy creators were idiots who didn't think this launch through.

*I guess they're more known for their tails than frogs are, but that's not saying much.
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Old 08 January 2014, 01:38 AM
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I can still see both of my lawn dart injuries from 1977. But I was playing a game called Russian Lawn Darts. Looking back, I was a moron, and so were the adults who watched us pull this stupid stunt. So no site, just painful personal experience: no, they're not sharp, but they're so heavy coming down that they will break the skin and a toe bone when tossed the distance of a volleyball court underhanded.
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Old 08 January 2014, 02:15 AM
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I hope it was intended to be a pun on "lying tales". Otherwise, I'd be wondering why a line of throwable toys called "Lion Tails" included "a tiger, dog, monkey, unicorn, frog, and rabbit...[and] a pterodactyl" but no lion.
I admit I never thought to ask that when I read it the first time even though I asked myself that. Perhaps I thought that the OP was listing other animals and that the idea of a lion was to be implied.... I dunno.
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What was so different about the design of the pterodactyl that it had a sharp pointy part, but the unicorn didn't?
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